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Q: Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? A: My Mustang has been an 18 year long project starting in 1999 when I was 15 years old. To my surprise it was actually my mom that found the car. One day she came home from showing a house and says “I saw this Mustang with a ‘For Sale’ sign on it. Wouldn’t this be a great car for Chris?” So my dad and I jump in truck and go look at the Mustang. The car was a solid driver but not perfect. A few days later the car had a new home. The Mustang was my daily transportation for nearly 8 years, now it’s just a toy. Q: Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? A: For the first few years of ownership the Mustang was basically maintained as my daily driver. We replaced much of the suspension with stock parts. My girlfriend (now wife) and I reupholstered the seats with stock style upholstery and eventually it was repainted to the green you see today. Modifications were kept to a minimum as the Mustang my only transportation at the time so the car had to be reliable. Over the last several years we redid the interior again and put disk brakes on it. The most recent mod was motivated by making the car more fun to drive. A total rebuild of the front suspension was due after nearly 8 years of daily driving and several years of mostly sitting in the garage. We replaced the old power steering with modern power rack and pinion from Unisteer, did the classic ‘Shelby drop’ to the upper control arms to improve the suspension geometry. The rest of the front suspension was replaced with much improved stock style components from Street or Track. Q: Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? A: The Bilstein shocks by far have made the biggest difference in how the car rides and feels. They were not the most inexpensive purchase but certainly changed the feel for the better in a really big way. Q: How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? A: When we started this build the internet was not really a thing yet. I had a stack of mail order catalogs and magazines and picked out parts that way. Now the forums and the internet are everything you need. You name it and someone has done it to a Mustang. All you have to do is search and you will find the information you need. As far as installation tips go, get a factory service manual and never be afraid to try it for yourself. Q: What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? A: Lately the biggest challenge has been time. As a new dad with an almost 2 year old, finding time for the Mustang has been hard. However as my son gets older he wants nothing more but to spend time with dad in the garage working on the car. Often times now there are now three generations out in the garage working on the mustang. My dad always said “you can only build plastic models for so long.” Now we have a really big model and a life long grandfather/father/son project. Q: What are you planning next? A: The next big mod will be to remove the automatic transmission and replace it with a 5 speed manual transmission. That has been on the bucket list for a long time and will really improve the driving experience. Of course there will be many smaller upgrades along the way I just have to do. This car will never be ‘done’ there will always be something.
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